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Arrest made in Lehigh Regional Medical Center kidnapping

May 2, 2018
Lehigh Acres Citizen

An arrest has been made in connection with what officials are calling a kidnapping at Lehigh Regional Medical Center.

Joshua Tribble, 29, of 918 Lee Ave, has been charged with kidnap (commit or facilitate commission of a robbery), robbery, and battery touch or strike.

Bond has been set at $50,000 on the three charges. As of Monday afternoon, Tribble remained in the Lee County Jail.

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Joshua Tribble

The Lee County Sheriff's Office received a call for service in reference to a kidnapping at the medical center at 1500 Lee Boulevard on April 28. Initial reports indicated a white male was forcibly taken from the hospital.

Arriving deputies gathered witness accounts and it was later learned that the white male, later identified as Christopher Durant, 33, entered the emergency room for treatment.

A short time later, a man approached Durant, grabbed him forcibly, and demanded that Durant leave the hospital, officials said, adding Durant and the man left the emergency room and an altercation then took place in the parking lot. The man punched Durant several times and pointed an object at Durant. Both men then left the area in a red Chevrolet Avalanche, officials said.

"Due to the relentless efforts of the K9 Unit and patrol deputies, the vehicle was located on Haviland Ave. South, Lehigh Acres," a release from the Lee County Sheriff's Office states.

A suspect, later identified as Joshua Tribble, was taken into custody. Durant was also located with several facial injuries.

The case was turned over to the Major Crimes Unit.

"Detectives later learned that Durant and Tribble are roommates," the release states. "Tribble was upset Durant called in sick to work, as he wanted to go to the hospital for a medical ailment. Durant owed Tribble money and was upset Durant went to the hospital. Tribble forcibly took Durant from the hospital, and battered him in the parking lot. Tribble then drove Durant back to their residence, where he demanded a check from Durant. Tribble took the check from Durant and forced him back into the vehicle a second time. Deputies then located both subjects during the traffic stop."



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